Shaun Simpson was arguably the most pleasant surprise at the 2019 Hawkstone International, as it was quite clear that he had gelled with the RFX KTM in the winter months. A positive day turned sour, however, when a crash in the second moto left him with a dislocated shoulder. It seems that the injury is not as serious as it sounds though and, according to a statement on his website, it seems as though Simpson expects to be back in action this weekend.
"The day didn't finish as planned but there were plenty of positive points: There was a real buzz about the team, I felt comfortable on the bike and my starts were on-point. It must have been 6-10 minutes before my shoulder clicked back in and I know it will be a bit tender tomorrow and the day after but it is something I'm used to dealing with and I fully expect to be racing next weekend at LaCapelle Marival."
The LaCapelle Marival event, run in France, is the final pre-season international in Europe. The first round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in Argentina on the following weekend.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer